Marti's passion for building healthier communities and better local government has led her to a life of public service. For more than 15 years, she has served the citizens of Berkeley, Sacramento, Vallejo, Arvin and now Marysville, California emphasizing innovation and best public policy practices in economic development, urban planning, quality of life issues, municipal budgeting, and public administration.
Prior to becoming City Manager and joining the Marysville team, Marti was the City of Arvin's first Community Development Director managing the Economic Development, Planning, Building, Code Enforcement, Maintenance & Infrastructure, and Parks & Recreation Divisions. During her tenure, Marti managed four successful planning grant applications totaling more than $1 million for a Water Resources Element, ‘Pathways to a Greener Arvin’, ‘Made for Shade’ - Tree Inventory and Tree Planting and a Complete Streets and Safe Routes to Schools Plan. She also successfully completed and submitted the City’s new Housing Element to the State.
In addition, Marti was the Executive Director of the Franklin Boulevard Business Association (‘Association’) in South Sacramento, a Planner in both the Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agencyand the City of Berkeley, and a Market Manager in the Marketing Division of AT&T. At the Association, Marti spearheaded the development of a community economic development plan, rebranded the business district to the Historic Monterey Trail District, and successfully applied for a SACOG Community Design Grant leveraging more than $800,000 for a new streetscape on Franklin Boulevard.
From December 2009 to January 2014, Marti served on the Vallejo City Council during and after bankruptcy – at the time, the largest city in U.S. history to file for municipal bankruptcy. During her tenure, she spearheaded bringing Participatory Budgeting (PB) to the City of Vallejo for the first city-wide PB process in North America. PB Vallejo won the League of California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in September 2014. It was also honored as one of the Top Ten Programs in Government Awards in 2015 by the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Marti initiated a competitive and ultimately successful City application to Code for America before leaving public office. In the fall of 2014, the City was awarded as a 2015 Code for America Government Partner. In 2010, Marti brought Sonoma State University's Center for Sustainable Communities to the City of Vallejo to assist with the successful launch and comprehensive update of its 30 year old General Plan and its first Community Health Element.
Marti holds a Master of Business Administration from Hope International University, Master of Arts degree in Geography with a concentration in Resource Management and Environmental Planning from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from World College West. She is a recipient of the Participatory Budgeting Project's Government Leadership Award (2017) and, along with the Vallejo Waterfront Coalition Steering Committee, The Waterfront Center’s Clearwater Award for Excellence on the Waterfront (2005). She speaks Spanish and Nepali.